Where Is My Sister
Tika went to more homes and they got the same answer and same question as to how long the parents had been gone.
Tika took Mina’s hand and headed for home. Home? What is home without our mother and fathe?. They did not leave any note or letter as to what to do? Where did they go? What happened? Why did the leave us all alone.
Monday came and it was time to prepare for school. After eating breakfast and doing the clean up, Mina helped Tika find her school uniform and helped her shine her shoes. Then she went and did the same. They would go to school and hope no one would notice their sorrow and ask questions. They would try to be happy and hope mom and dad would be home when they returned from school.
The day seemed to go tick tock forever. But finally it was time to go home. Mina waited in front of the school as normal and as Tika walked up to her she took her hand. Tika looked like she was going to cry and so she squeezed her hand a little. They began walking home, not speaking and trying not to cry. But as soon as they got inside the house and determined mom and dad was not there, they clung to each other very hard and both began to cry. It seemed like it was hours but was probably only 15 or 20 minutes. Mina, un-squeezed Tika, and went to the food and began to cook their dinner. She put a pan of water on to cook the rice, and then she found some vegetables to help them keep up their health.
Being there was no refrigerator, there was no meat to put in with the rice. Finally the rice was ready and she put the rice on the dishes along with the vegetables. When they were finished they washed the dishes and put them away.
“Mina, what are we going to do? We have some rice and we can get leaves of the plants around here to eat, but soon we will run out of rice.” Tika replied.
Mina answered: “I know. I do not know what we will do. I do not remember where grandma lives. I know she lives in a town a long way away but I do not remember what direction we would need to go. It was about 5 years ago when we went to visit.”
Tika moved over and put her arms around Mina and just stayed there for a long time just hugging her. Mina liked her sister very much and was so afraid of not knowing what to do. She asked herself why this was happening. When Tika released her, Mina said, “Let us pray.” There was a moment or two and then Mina went to her knees and prayed to God to help them for they knew not what to do.
They decided not to go to school as they needed to begin asking neighbors and people they met for food and for money, whatever they could afford. Some days they would get some rice and maybe enough Rupiah to buy some vegetables but not very often. Forty five days and they were out of food so they put a few clothes in a large scarf and decided to go into the big city area and maybe get more money for food.
They kind of walked away slowly at first but the further they walked they walked a little faster. The first night came and they found a place by a river that was kind of private and decided to stay there and use in for sleeping. No one could see them from the road. It was a long day of walking and they were real tired and off to sleep they went. Morning came and they found themselves hungry but no food to eat. So the walked back into the city and began not just to ask for help but to beg for money from everyone that would walk by them or going up to stopped cars at red lights and ask for some money. They got enough money to buy enough rice, matches, and a couple of bottles of water. They found where they slept last night. They found enough wood to make a fire, pulled out a pan and began to cook the rice. No vegetables tonight.
Morning came and they went back into the city and tried doing the same things as they did the day before but at the end of the day, they only had enough money to buy two bottles of good water. They found their little spot to sleep and did so. When they awoke the next morning they went to the river and saw they were alone and took a bath. They had to put the same clothes back on but they felt a little better.
They began walking down the street on a sidewalk and a car came by very slowly. It proceeded about a half a block and stopped. A man got out and walked back to them. He was very well dressed and when he got to them he says, “Excuse me, do you need some help?”
Mina answered, “Maybe, why do you ask?”
“Just asking ma’am. I saw the two of you and it looks you are kind of hungry and your clothes look like they need to be cleaned.”
Mina responded, “Well, we are kind of hungry. We are on our way to my aunt’s house.”
The man said, “That is too bad, I can give you some money, would that help?”
Mina thought that would be wonderful but she still was kind of afraid of him. “Yes ….. that would be nice, how much can you help us with?”
“Oh let me see” as he seemed to be thinking …. “well maybe 300,000 Rupiah would help. (About $28.00.)
Mina thinks ‘That is a lot of money, father would have had to work to full days for that amount of money.’ “Well, sir, that would help. You are not lying are you?”
He responds “No, I am not lying. I have it in the automobile right up there.” As he points to his car.
Mina thinks he is not telling the truth. “Well sir, if you are willing to give us that amount of money, what do we have to do?”
“Nothing, I just want to help the two of you through a few days for the food you will need.”
“Okay.” She said.
“Come along and I will get it out of the car for you and you will be on your way.” they man said.
He started to walk towards his car.
Mina says to Tika, “You stay her and I will be back in a minute or two.” Tika nods her head as Mina starts to follow the man. He walked ahead of Mina and gets to the car and opens the door.
Mina gets to the door and he says as he reached in and put 3-10,000 Rupiah bills onto the seat. He steps back and says, “There it is, go ahead, it will help you a lot.”
Mina steps by the man without thinking and reaches for the money.
Tika sees Mina step forward, now behind the open door, and as she reached for the money the man did something she did not understand..
Mina’s heart was fluttering as she quickly thinks 'Wow is he going to give me all of this money?" and the thoughts of what it would do were bouncing around in her head. Then she feels the man’s hands around her waist and he pushes her into the back seat as he also gets in..
Mina looks out the back window and sees Tika still standing where she was when she told her to stay there. She quickly looks back at the man as he is closing the door.
One of his hands came from nowhere and grabbed her right wrist. He was so strong and in one motion he almost felt as thou her arm was going to be taken from her shoulder. She then heard the engine was running which she had not listened for. The man was then sitting next to her, holding her so she could not reach for the door handle..
She was able to gather herself together and look out the back window and see her sister running towards the car, but the car was now turning a corner and within a couple of seconds she could no longer see Tika.
Tika was watching her sister walk behind the man very cautiously. When the man looked like he was slowing down, so did Mina. They got to the car and she saw the man open the door and reach into the car. He quickly turned and got out of the car and saw him say something to Mina. It happened so fast, as Mina reach, probably for the money, in 2 or 3 seconds she was thrown into the car. Immediately Tika began to run towards the car, but the door closed so fast and the car was already moving forward away from her. Tika yelled "Mina .... Mina .... Mina," as she was running and as the car disappeared around the corner.
Mina is taken to a house, introduced to the house mother and taken to a room. In minutes the house mother come in and says "Young lady, the more rules you follow the less beating you will receive. You now have a new name. It is Desi Love. You will follow all of my instructions and you will do whatever anyone ask you to do. If you disobey anyone at any time you will be whipped with this." She holds up a slender whip that had 4 strands. "Right now you stay in this room, in the morning we will take you to a new nice house. There you will be given new instructions to follow as to where you will be unless you have company. When you are picked you will obey the person that you are helping. Do you understand?"
Mina replies "Yes Ma'am" and goes quiet.
The woman leaves the room and Mina lays down on the bed. She begins to cry and cries herself to sleep. Morning came and Mina wakes up and began to cry again thinking of Tika and thinking 'Tika, where are you. Are you safe? I am so sorry I am not with you ....... I love you Tika and I already miss you so much.'
The door opens and that woman comes and in a grouchy voice says "Okay, lets go." So Mina follows her and she is taken out back an a closed no window van with the door open awaits her and 4 other girls. They all get in and are told not to talk to each other if they do not want to be whipped. The door closes and it was totally dark. They were jostled around as it moved through the city. They did not know which way the were going or what street they were on.
A half hour later the van comes to a stop and the door opens and their eyes hurt from all the light. They are ushered into a big house and into a room off the kitchen. A woman comes in and speak in a nice voice and says "Welcome to your new home. We have strict rules to obey and if you obey you will learn to enjoy what you will be doing. If you fight it you will live in a nightmare. The five of you will be joining 5 other girls, all of you are between 10 and 12 years old. Each of you have a new name and that name will be what you will share with your new friends and clients. And now we will go in and have breakfast and you girls can talk about anything except not about your families or previous friends.
They begin their breakfast and begin to introduce themselves to each other. Then Mina asks the question "What did the woman mean when she said we were clients. I am only almost 11 years old?" All went quiet for none of them knew what that meant. When breakfast ended the woman came back into the room.
"Okay Ladies, follow me." and she immediately turned around and began to walk. The girls follow and they end up in a very nice small bedroom and she begins, "You are now ladies of pure love and fulfillment. That means that the men you will meet will fall in love with you and you will fulfill their every wish."
You have just learned only one way how a child is snatched out of 100s. There is no feelings from those that take children accept the payment of money they make from the sale of each girl or boy. You and us have very little we can do to help girls like Mina. It takes special training to work with young women to bring them out of prostitution.
What you and I can do is find those that are like Tika. Where is she? She probably begins meandering through the streets, begging for whatever anyone will give her. For she is a Street Kid, an orphan, and no one known that has any love for her. For a short time, a few months she is not completely called "spoiled good" for she still remembers her sister, her mother and father and hopes someone will find her and love her.
Will you provide support through Compassion 4 Kids International, Inc. and we will seek out children like this and give them a home and all the 5 Missions we believe in and provide for children like this.
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Author: Joseph A Burke